Mrs. Lusson was a woman of rare personality, affable,
cultivated, and generous. This gracious lady was suddenly
called from earth, and the Santa Ysabel Chapter, of which
she was a highly valued member, at a meeting held shortly
after her death, paid the following tribute to her memory:
"Since we last met as a Chapter early in June, the
`Angel of Death' has claimed one of our members. Our
dearly beloved Registrar, Mrs. Elizabeth Stanley Lusson,
was, on the second of August, 1903, suddenly taken from
us, and a deep grief fills our hearts at our irreparable loss.
"Mrs. Lusson was an interesting and beautiful woman,
of generous nature and noble instincts. She was a charter
member of our Chapter, and by her efforts it was organized.
"She was also a member of the Colonial Dames, a mem-ber of the Society
of Colonial Governors, and of the Order of the Crown, and counted among
her ancestors some of the best of the old English and Virginia
families. She was born at Fort Washington, Indian Territory, her
father, Major Newton, of the regular army, having been stationed there.
She was also a direct descendant of Lord Baltimore through his son,
Leonard Calvert, who was first governor of Maryland; therefore be it
"Resolved, That in the death of our Registrar, the Santa Ysabel Chapter
of San Jose, California, has lost one of its most honored and valuable
members, whose devotion was ever an inspiration, and whose noble
character will ever be held in loving remembrance; be it further
"Resolved, That this Chapter offer loving sympathy to the grief-stricken members of her family."
Among the other Daughters here are Mrs. Edward Williams—Entered through
her great-grandfathers, Simeon Morse and Tarrant Sibley. Both enlisted
when only fifteen and fought from the commencement until the close of
the war. They were on the field when Burgoyne surrendered. Mrs.
Williams is the proud possessor of several coins, pension money
received by them. She is a life member of the Sequoia Chapter.
Mrs. Noble T. Biddle—Entered through her great grandfather, William
Hiester of Philadelphia, who, with his three brothers enlisted in the
Continental Army. They were at the battles of Trenton and Valley Forge.
Also by her great-grandfather, Benjamin Miller, a captain of one of the
companies in a Pennsylvania regiment. Mrs. Biddle is also a member of
the Sequoia Chapter.
Mrs. Sarah L. Knox Goodrich—Entered the order through her grandfather,
Lieutenant John Browning of Virginia. He volunteered at the first call
to arms and served throughout the war; also through her
great-grandfather, Captain John Strother, who was with the Virginia
troops in many a hard fought battle. Her daughter, Mrs. Virginia Knox
Maddox, entered through the same ancestors. Mrs. Maddox was State
Regent of the Daughters inthis State for six years. Her grandfather, William Winston Browning, answered the call to arms in 1812.
Miss Blanche Blanchard—Entered through her great-grandfathers,
Lieutenant Colonel David Lawrence and Justus Blanchard. The latter was
private in the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill, and was with
General Washington at Valley Forge.
Mrs. Carrie Stevens Walter—Entered through three ancestors, Major
Thomas Ashley of Vermont, her mother's paternal great-grandfather,
Josiah Everett of Massachusetts, her father's maternal grandfather, and
Bartholomew Stevens of Massachusetts, her father's paternal
grandfather. Major Ashley was second in command under Colonel Ethan
Allen at the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. He was also one of the
founders of the State of Vermont, being one of the grantees from King
George III. of a township of land there in 1761. He was descended,
through his mother, from Elder William Brewster, who came in the
Mayflower's first voyage, and whose daughter, Patience, married
Governor Thomas Prence of Massachusetts. This makes Mrs. Walter
eligible to membership in the Colonial Dames and of the Mayflower.
The purpose of the Fortnightly Club, as set down in the business-like
catalogue in each member's possession, is the systematic study of
literature and history. The motto of the club is "There is an art of
reading as well as an art of thinking and an art of writing," and the
work of the members shows that they are mastering all three arts.
The officers are Mrs. B. F. Brown, President; Mrs. F. H. Eastey,
Vice-President; Mrs. Frank Leffler, Corresponding Secretary; Mrs.
William A. Beasly, Recording Secretary; and Miss S. Morgan, Treasurer.
The Program Committee is made up of Mrs. W. S. Orvis, Mrs. M. D.
Barker, Mrs. R. J. Langford, and Miss Nellie O'Brien.
The members are Mrs. D. M. Barker, Mrs. W. A. Beasly, Mrs. F. B. Brown,
Mrs. E. Conant, Mrs. F. H. Eastey, Mrs. M. J. Farrington, Mrs. J. F.
Gassett, Mrs. C. R. Harker, Mrs. E. C. Hurff, Mrs. C. H. Johnson, Mrs.
C. E.Kelsey, Mrs. R. J. Langford, Mrs. W. S. Johnston, Mrs. J. F.
Leffler, Mrs. G. B. McKee, Mrs. L. S. Morgan, Mrs. W. S. Orvis, Mrs. M.
H. Osgood, Miss Nellie O'Brien, Miss Emma Riehl, Mrs. S. E. Smith, Mrs.
William Van Dalsem, Mrs. Georgia Willey, Mrs. Hume A. Spencer, Miss L.
C. Peckham, Mrs. Edgar Pomeroy, Mrs_ E. E. Chase, and Mrs. Grace 'Aram.
This club belongs to both the State and the National Federations.
The Saturday Morning Musical Club was organized in 1893, its object
being to develop the musical talent of its members, and to stimulate a
feeling for good music in San Jose. The club members meet fortnightly,
when one or two composers are studied, and papers upon their lives and
works are read, and a programme of vocal and instrumental music from
their compositions is rendered.
The President, Mrs. Carrie Foster-McLellan, is one of' San Jose's fair
daughters who has reflected high honor upon this city. She has won
golden opinions abroad, where criticism is of special worth. Gifted by
nature with a voice of great strength, purity and compass, it was not
until she attracted the notice of the late Herr Karl Formes that her
splendid natural talents received the cultivation necessary for their
perfection. Formes was, like all artists, an enthusiast, and he
undertook the training of Miss McLellan's voice with that zeal which
inspired confidence in his modest pupil. She studied patiently and
severely. San Joseans will remember the night of her debut before her
own town's people. She challenged criticism by the selection of her
programme, and she received the heartiest applause. Success was
assured, and the grand old master enjoyed the triumphs of his pupil as
though they were his own. He presented her to the music loving people
of San Francisco, where she was most kindly received. After a short
tour through the East, he took her to Europe, and there proved his
opinion of her powers, when she sang before the most critical of London
audiences, the solemn and splendid music of oratorios, and added a new
charm to their composition. She sang with great success, and carried
away by her en-thusiastic love of music, she overtaxed her slight frame
so that rest became obligatory. Returning to her home, she soon
regained her strength, and since then she has sung in concerts and in
churches in this city, and ranks among the most efficient instructors
here. Miss Nellie Rogers is Vice-President; Miss Nettie Moody,
Secretary; and Mrs. Jessie Pascoe, Treasurer.
The Morepark Art Club is a charming neighborhood club, whose members
meet one afternoon of each week, and spend a couple of hours reading
and discussing the works of some of the great painters and sculptors.
The membership is limited to fifteen, and includes Mrs. A. S. Alden,
Mrs. A. C. Atchley, Mrs. T. B. Caldwell, Mrs. W. T. Parker, Mrs. J. S.
Wallace, Miss M. Rozette Hendrix, Mrs. Angie Hendrix Webster, Mrs.
Addie Kentner, Mrs. E. L. Coe, Mrs. S. W. Walton, Mrs. W. C. Elliott,
Mrs. J. A. Coe, Mrs. D. D. Brooks, Mrs. B. Millard; and Mrs. H. J.
Smith. The officers are: Mrs. D. D. Brooks, President; Mrs. W. F.
Parker, Vice-President; and Miss M. Rozette Hendrix, Secretary.
The Willows Reading and Improvement Club, which meets on Thursday
afternoon at the homes of the members, has been organized for several
years. Its officers are: President, Mrs. Julia Waldo; Vice-President,
Miss Liela Marshall; Secretary, Miss Marion Thompson; Corresponding
Secretary, Miss Agnes Ousley; Executive Committee, Mrs. Alice E.
Winans, Miss Anna Wight, and Miss Agnes Ousley. The other members
include Mrs. Luella D. Oliver, Mrs. Ada Butts, Mrs. Anna L. Sprung,
Mrs. Hulda Collins, Mrs. S. J. Currier, Mrs. Martha Foster, Mrs.
Charles H. Hervey, Mrs. E. E. Evans, Mrs. S. M. Keith, Mrs. W. L.
Thurston, Miss Flora R. Smith, Mrs. A. E. Newby, Miss Cora Wolfe, Mrs.
Belle Gilman, Mrs. Esther Purinton, Mrs. Martha A. Hanson, Mrs. A. A.
Geer, Miss Lena Briggs, Mrs. Helen Smith, Miss Emma Keesling, Mrs.
Jennie Warner, Mrs. H. P. Flemming, Miss Alice Lester, Miss Anna
Crever, Mrs. Anna Hulet, Mrs. Lucette Sloat, Mrs. Jennie Bennett, Miss
Myra Fairfield, Mrs. E. S. Parkhurst, Mrs.H. A. Lee, Mrs. E. D.
Webster, and Miss Louise Weisendanger.
The U and I Reading Club of West Side is not behind the other clubs of
the county in the earnest work which it is doing. The officers are:
Mrs. J. K. Boyd, President; and Mrs. I. N. Leonard, Secretary and
Treasurer. The members include: Mrs. E. W. Conant, Mrs. I. J. Comer,
F. Billings, Miss Anna Billings, Mrs. E. A. Parsons, Mrs. G. L. Graff, Miss Bertha Graff, Mrs. J. F. Tudor, Mrs. J. H. Kelley, Mrs. L. D. Meyers, Mrs. Matthew Hemphill, Mrs. H. R. T.
Macy, Mrs. E. P. Phillippe, Mrs. A. M. Smith, Mrs. J. D. Setzer, Miss
Bessie Cunningham, Miss Bertha M. Childs, Mrs. J. H. Bullard, Mrs. R.
Pulaski, and Mrs. James Hemphill.